Mara Derryberry, Paonia
I am Mara Derryberry and I have been on the NFAA board for two years. I was born at Delta County Memorial Hospital when it was down the hill in town! I grew up in Paonia and graduated from Paonia High School. I became a medical office assistant and worked in several specialty cilincs. I also worked for 8 years as a girl Friday for a national CPA firm. I then attended Mesa State College where I obtained a bachelor degree in nursing, graduating in 1993. St. Mary's Hospital was my place of employment for 21 years starting out in the medical unit which became the medical/oncology unit. I then transferred to OB and then Labor and Delivery where I worked for 10 years with 3 of those being in front line management. I also earned my certification in Inpatient OB during that time. My last position before I retired was in the High Risk OB Clinic at St. Mary's.
I have been active in Colorado Nurses Assiciation where I was the newsletter publisher and president for DNA 5 (most of Western Colorado) and at the State level I was on the nominating committee for several years. I have also been a part of the grant subcommittee for the March of Dimes at the Colorado state level. My husband and I returned to Paonia to retire 4 years ago and live in the family home in town, 1 1/2 blocks from the Paonia NFEMS station. I very much look forward to continued involvement with the North Fork Ambulance Auxiliary in support of the North Fork EMS!
Sue Wittlesey, Hotchkiss
Sue Whittlesey and her husband, Dave, own and operate High Wire Ranch where they raise bison on Redlands Mesa near Hotchkiss. They have been loyal members of the North Fork Ambulance for all of the 20 years they have lived in the area. Sue is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Colorado since 1984. She is currently the Treasurer of the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce, President of the Delta County Public Library Trust and Endowment Foundation, and active in many other local organizations. Sue has over 30 years experience serving on numerous nonprofit boards and looks forward to serving the North Fork Ambulance Auxiliary.
Carol Dawson, Crawford
After retiring in 2012 from my 40 years as a registered nurse (with more than half of that time in the Public Health field), my husband, Jim, and I have been living in Crawford county permanently for the past 11 years. I retired from my position as Director of Gunnison County Health in 2006 and continued to work part time as the coordinator of a six county regional healty/environmental health partnership until 2012. Delta County Public Health is a part of that West Central Public Health Partnership. I have served on the Delta County Board of Health and I am an active volunteer in the Hotchkiss/Crawford area. While I have no direct experience with ambulance services, I feel my combination of health, administrative and volunteer organizational experience will suit the nonprofit side of the North Fork Ambulance Auxiliary and I look forward to serving in this capacity.